Queen of Arcadia
Disclaimer: Xena: Warriorprincess does not belong to me it belongs to yadda yadda...
Note: Solan does not exist in this storyline. Ephiny and Solari aren't dead. However the whole thing with Eli, Ides of March, and heaven and hell did happen. Just to let you know of those changes before you read.
"Gabrielle!" Xena called. She came down dressed in a plain brown dress and joined Autolycus at the dinner table. Among them was Hercules, Iolaus, Leah, Meg, Diana, Philemon, Joxer, Tara, Aphrodite, Ephiny, Eponin, Solari, Rafe, Amarice, and Minya. Eve was safely settled in Xena's arms as well. At three months she was growing big and strong and to top it off she had very deep and intelligent blue eyes that seemed to noticed everything and more.
"A toast to four to five years of companionship and new friends," Gabrielle said. Her hair was cropped short after their adventures in India and she was wearing a fashion disaster of a green dress that no one could talk her out of not even Aphrodite.
"A toast," They said. Everyone was smiling, but behind Xena's smile she was deeply upset. Ephiny noticed, Solari, and Eponin noticed immediately, but didn't say anything. Eve smiled feeling all the happiness in the room, but she also felt her mother's distress. As if to comfort her she moved so that Xena would hold her against her heart and nestled more comfortably.
"Awe, she is just adorable," Minya commented.
"Thank you Minya." Xena rubbed Eve's back before she joined in on the feast like everyone else. For once she wasn't worrying about the other God's attacking and hurting her child. Xena kept up the pretense of complete happiness all night, but in her room at night the mask came off.
"Xena, its me Ephiny, can we come in?" Ephiny asked knocking as Xena tucked Eve in the crib Iphicles had provided. It was the royal crib that only the heir all royal children who followed him were allowed to sleep in. His advisors had had a fit when they found out, but Iphicles told them to shut up and deal with it.
"Yeah sure." Xena stood up straight and walked over to the door. She opened it and Ephiny walked in with Solari and Eponin. She closed the door and locked it. She sat down and on her bed and waited for them to speak.
"We think this has gone on long enough," Ephiny told her.
"Yeah, we can't stand to see you so upset," Eponin added.
"And Eve deserves better," Solari put in. Xena sighed and looked down.
"I know, but its been a year, I'd say he couldn't give a rat's ass if I were dead and gone in this world."
"Yes, he would care, how can you say that?" Solari asked.
"Xena remember when you confided in me?" Ephiny asked.
"Yes, it was one of the most emotional times of my life."
"Well aside from telling me about your fight with him you told me what kind of man he was. Did any of the words you described him as make him out to be the type of person that would just abandon…"
"No, but its been a year, if he loved me than none of this would be going on right now. My child would not be attacked every other day by a bunch of silly Gods afraid of a self fulfilling prophecy!" Tears threatened to escape their eyes for different reasons centering on one person, but they held them back. They were women warriors and they would not be put to tears over a man.
"Than go to him," Ephiny said. Xena shook her head.
"See with that kind of attitude you'll never get him back," Eponin said.
"Yeah!" Solari exclaimed trying to give her strength through agreement with Eponin. "If you want something you have to stand up and get it."
"No, no its not that, its just being here for so long I've become drained I cannot go anywhere without him. He must come get me himself or at least someone not of a low status."
"Oh no," They said. Xena nodded.
"So that's why you've been even sadder, well I'm sure he'll figure that out soon, I mean you once told me he could be a stubborn jackass full of pride. So he just may want you to come back to him, but once he realizes you can't whether you want to or not he'll come running to you. He's you're knight in shining armor right?" Xena shook her head and frowned.
"No, he may be my Prince, but I am my own shining night and armor. True as it may be this is the one time that he will find himself able to ride in on a white horse and save the day."
"You mean a black horse, you told me he hates white horses," Solari said. Xena nodded. They comforted her more and it was decided that she needed to spend more time in the company of women. So after the celebrations they set off for the Amazon village. They finally talked her into becoming a real amazon. She was given the title Queen's Champion. Eve was also an amazon to provide her with some protection against the Gods.
"So once going on between you and Ephiny?" Gabrielle asked as they walked the road to Amphipolis a month later. While Eve was safe in the amazon village they both wanted to visit the places they were born again. Ephiny, Eponin, and Solari had decided to accompany them considering the Gods were still after Eve and it was too much work for just Xena and Gabrielle to handle. They remembered their exhausted faces and six protectors were much better than two and less exhausting on everybody. Amarice of course tagged a long. Nobody mentioned the fact that she wasn't a real amazon.
Xena however turned out to be the most exhausted. After nine months or pregnancy that just left you tired in the first place; fighting the Gods, bounty hunters, stupid warlords, the Gods themselves, and actually taking care of an infant. It was amazing that she didn't sleep deeply, but her instincts never allowed her too and Eve's favorite time to be fussy was at night. Xena never complained, but enjoyed the happy moments with Eve as much as possible.
"What do you mean?" Xena asked as everyone rode at a cantor. Xena and Gabrielle were riding in the middle. Ephiny and Solari rode ahead flirting with each other from their body language while Amarice and Eponin rode in back heatedly discussing fighting methods and behaviors. Where Eponin was calm and full of humor Amarice seemed hot headed and full of anger. No one was really listening to anyone else's conversation.
"I mean, why have you two been sneaking off?" Gabrielle asked. "You're always seen together and talking. She even has her arm around you."
"Nothing Gabrielle, its not what you think, I already told you I'm not like that and Ephiny knows it." Gabrielle shrugged.
"So you say, but you've been known to lie Xena you're no saint." Xena looked at her in disbelief.
"Gabrielle I swear to you on my brother's grave Ephiny and I do not have that type of relationship." Gabrielle watched her and than nodded.
"So what is it than, what is she doing that I can't?" Gabrielle asked.
"Nothing Gabrielle, she's just being the friend she's always been after we got pass her distrust of me. Ephiny and I respect and love each other. A long time ago about when Xenon was born we came to find an understanding."
"What understanding?" Gabrielle asked. "Xenon was alive when we left that village." Xena shook her head.
"I know and its not about being mothers, its just something else, I don't want a talk about it right now." She reined her horse and joined the conversation with Eponin and Amarice but Amarice was done arguing with Eponin and rode up to Gabrielle.
"So did you tell her?" Eponin asked. Xena shook her head.
"She will know at the last moment. I trust her but the less people that know the better and I can't afford to have this in her scrolls. No matter how much she promises it will end up there and I can't risk it." Eponin nodded and switched the subject to all the women who had decided they were ready to take on and defeat the warrior princess in battle.
"Bring it on, I say," Xena answered. They laughed and after making sure Eve was secure they spurred their horses into a slow, but fast gallop. The others followed suit not even a second after.